The American Connection, Revised: U.S. Guns, Money, and Influence in Northern Ireland

Overview

Belfast-born author and journalist Jack Holland believes that the troubles in Northern Ireland of the last thirty years cannot be truly understood without taking into account the influence of Irish America. Beginning in nineteenth century America with the Fenian Brotherhood, an American connection has continued right up to the Good Friday Agreement.
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Overview

Belfast-born author and journalist Jack Holland believes that the troubles in Northern Ireland of the last thirty years cannot be truly understood without taking into account the influence of Irish America. Beginning in nineteenth century America with the Fenian Brotherhood, an American connection has continued right up to the Good Friday Agreement.
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Editorial Reviews

San Jose Mercury News
The American Connection is rich with information, insights, and the informed judgements that we have come to expect of Jack Holland.
The New York Times
For an overdraft of green-beer sentiment, The American Connection is a lively chaser, bubbling with cold reality.
(London) Guardian
...the best available overview of U.S. involvement in Northern Ireland.
The Boston Globe
Compulsory reading for those who wish to understand the place and the influence of Irish-American nationalism on Anglo-Irish affairs...lucid, well-written, thought-provoking.
Irish Edition
Jack Holland...has traced U.S. support for the dissident nationalists in the Six Counties with passion, skill, and insight.
Providence Sunday Journal
The prose and insights of The American Connection are superb and shed light on the dark corners of a sad drama that is so little under.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Holland, a New York journalist born in Belfast, describes the extensive role played by Irish-Americans in the conflict in Northern Ireland, a role that may wane as Irish-Americans' attraction to Erin becomes more nostalgic. ``Thorough,'' PW found. (March)
Library Journal
Holland, a journalist from Belfast who now lives in the United States, is the author of the intense and insightful Too Long a Sacrifice ( LJ 3/1/81). Here he uses the theme of ``arcadians,'' seekers of an unspoiled past, and ``utopians,'' creators of a perfect future, to describe the actions and visions of Irish Americans with respect to Northern Ireland. He covers NORAID, gun running, Irish American politicians, extradition, and the coverage of Ulster in the U.S. press. The book would be valuable simply for putting the whole story together; but Holland also reveals the often Byzantine relationships of U.S. politicians and groups with those from Ireland, and with the governments of Dublin and London. A fascinating work; highly recommended. Richard B. Finnegan, Irish Studies Department, Stonehill Coll., North Easton, Mass.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568331843
  • Publisher: Rinehart, Roberts Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2001
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Holland, a Belfast native and graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, moved to the United States in 1979. He is the author of five works of nonfiction and four novels, and writes a regular column, "A View North," for The Irish Echo newspaper in New York.
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